West Linn's Ross Scott stars for Rutgers lacrosse
West Linn's Ross Scott took the 2022 Rutgers men's lacrosse team to places it had never been before.
Scott, a junior attack for the Scarlet Knights, led Rutgers to the final four of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament for the first time in program history. The Knights' season finally came to an end with a 17-10 loss to eventual NCAA runner-up Cornell in East Hartford, Connecticut, on May 28.
Before that day, however, Scott and Rutgers were simply fabulous. During the Scarlet Knights' historic 2022 season, Rutgers smashed the previous program record for wins (grabbing 15 victories), won back-to-back NCAA tournament games for the first time (downing No. 14 Harvard and No. 3 Penn) and advanced to the Final Four for the first time.
RU set a record with six wins over ranked teams this season, matched the highest ranked win in program history with the victory over No. 3 Penn and three top-10 wins for a second consecutive season. RU has gone 12-7 over the past two seasons against ranked teams as the Knights became the first RU men's program to make a Final Four since 1994.
And Scott, a 2019 West Linn graduate, was right in the middle of it all. After starting just two games as a midfielder a year earlier, Scott took over in 2022. He started all 19 games for Rutgers and led the team in scoring (50 goals), assists (25), points (75) and game-winning shots (tied with three).
Among his many other 2022 highlights were:
• Had 32 ground balls and four caused turnovers.
• Had 11 multi-goal games and nine hat tricks.
• Scored twice with an assist in season opening win over LIU (Feb. 5).
• Had first career hat trick, with two assists, three ground balls and caused turnover over Marist (Feb. 9).
• Posted five goals and two assists with a caused turnover in win at St. John's (Feb. 12).
• Scored one goal and two assists in win over No. 10 Army (Feb. 19).
• Netted four goals in win at No. 19 Loyola (Feb. 26).
• Scored four goals, along with an assist and three ground balls in win at Stony Brook (March 5).
• Had a goal, two assists and three ground balls at No. 7 Princeton (March 11).
• Had four goals and added three assists for seven-point day in team's win over Lafayette (March 15).
• Scored two goals and added three assists along with a ground ball in win at Hofstra (March 19).
• Recorded four goals, three assists, five ground balls and one caused turnover in win vs. No. 8/9 Ohio State (March 27).
• Had an assist to go with three ground balls and a caused turnover in win vs. Johns Hopkins (April 3).
• Recorded a goal and a ground ball at No.1 Maryland (April 10).
• Had an assist in win at Michigan (April 16).
• Netted five goals and recorded three ground balls in win vs. Penn State (April 23).
• Scored three goals and had one assist in win over No. 12 Ohio State in Big Ten Semifinals (May 5).
• Scored a goal against No. 1 Maryland in Big Ten championship game (May 7).
• Posted eight goals, the most for any RU player since 2018 and second-most ever in an NCAA Tournament game, in 19-9 home win over No. 14/17 Harvard in NCAA Tournament first round (May 15).
• Had a goal and an assist in NCAA tournament quarterfinals win over No. 3 Penn (May 21) to send team to Final Four.
• Scored a goal and had two assists with two ground balls in Final Four against No. 10 Cornell (May 28).
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